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Posted on Mar 6, 2019 in Drug Abuse, Substance Abuse, Therapists

Overcoming Substance Abuse


Substance abuse is a chronic disease that leads to addiction. Addiction changes our brain chemistry, so it is less able to control drug cravings. Many factors play a role in shaping substance abuse patterns such as genetics, family history, psychological and environmental determinants. Although difficult, many people successfully overcome substance abuse with the help of commitment to the self, treatment and social support.

Seek Help

The first step towards overcoming substance abuse is to seek out help. Consult with a doctor to come up with a treatment plan that suits your condition, physical and mental health history. Detoxification, behavioral counseling, medication, evaluation and follow-up treatments may be used. A treatment plan is intended to help you prevent the use of drugs, stay drug-free and lead the life you want on your terms. If you don’t have health insurance, opt for a community healthcare clinic instead of a private clinic. Search for a cash-based medical provider or hunt out a doctor you can afford on the internet. Consider registering for a drug rehabilitation and recovery facility. Explore Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The skill set learned through this mode of therapy can be retained years after the recovery process is complete. It helps you avoid triggers and avoid people, places and things you associate with drug-taking. Join a support group for people who are going through substance abuse. Often it helps to talk to people who are going through similar experiences.

Change your lifestyle

The second step is to start moving towards changing your lifestyle for the better. If you are quitting outside a facility, come up with a detailed plan that gradually leads to abstinence. Reduce your drug intake little by little until you completely stop. If your social circle contains other substance abusers, think of branching out and meeting new people. Commit yourself to this change fully and include new activities like meditation and exercise into your daily routine. You can try a variety of options from running to yoga to strength training. Team sports is another way to exercise as well as socialize. Start a healthy diet to recover from drug abuse. Limit your caffeine intake and avoid fried food and other sources of saturated fat. Eat healthy fats and an adequate amount of carbohydrates.

Lastly, build a supportive social network you can fall back on. Surround yourself with friends and family. You may have to cut out friends that led to your substance habit in the first place. Join new social clubs to meet new friends. Get on your way to repairing relationships with your loved ones. Overcoming substance abuse can be difficult, but it is not impossible given the right kind of lifestyle changes are affected on time.

Need more help?

The therapists at Agor Behavioral Health Services can help you with substance abuse. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment by calling 630-621-5824 or send us a message.